Essays and notes from lectures, compiled by John Herbert Le Patourel whilst a student at Oxford, 1929-1932

Scope and Content

1.Notes and essays on constitutional history n.d. 128 ff. 2. Notes on the council, 16th and 17th centuries. n.d. 45 ff. 3. George Norman Clark, Nol Denholm-Young, Vivian Hunter Galbraith, Elias Avery Lowe and Frederick Maurice Powicke, all on palaeography, diplomatic and method; Charles Oman on military history; David Ogg on 17th century scholarship. 1929-1932. 128 ff. 4. Ephraim Lipson on economic history; Maude Violet Clarke on manor and guilds; various essays. 1930-1931. 133 ff. 5. Joh Goronwy Edwards on medieval constitutional history; Maude Violet Clarke on Holy Roman Empire; L. Stampa on 15th century Germany; Kenneth Norman Bell on 15th century; John Norman Leonard Baker on voyages of discovery. 1930. 118 ff. 6. Various essays. n.d. 86 ff. 7. J.G. Edwards on English constitutional history; Rodney Fawcett Butler on English constitutional history; essays. 1930-1931. 96 ff. 8. J.G. Edwards on sources for English history to 1307; miscellaneous notes. 1930. 97 ff. 9. J.G. Edwards on England and Wales; John Nol Linton Myres on Roman Britain; Robert Howard Hodgkin on Anglo-Saxons; Kenneth Bruce Macfarlane on Lancastrian constitution; F.M. Powicke on 13th century England; essays and notes. 1929-1931. 152 ff. 10. Miscellaneous notes and historical maps. n.d. 144 ff. 11. John Cecil Masterman on 18th century England; K.N. Bell on Elizabeth I; A.B. Rodger on Chartism; essays. 1929-1930. 137 ff. 12. Miscellaneous notes on medieval boroughs. n.d. 102 ff.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Herbert Le Patourel was born in Guernsey on 29 July 1909. His father was a lawyer and became Attorney-General for Guernsey, whilst his mother was the daughter of a Devon farmer. He was educated in Guernsey at Elizabeth College, whence he went to Jesus College Oxford in 1928 as King Charles Scholar. After gaining first class honours in Modern History in 1931, he continued at Jesus College as the Goldsmith's Company Senior Student until 1933, when he was appointed to an Assistant Lectureship at University College London. He became a Lecturer there in 1936. In 1937 he published the results of his doctoral research at Oxford, The Medieval administration of the Channel Islands, 1199-1309. In 1938 he married Jean Bird. During the Second World War he lectured in history at University College, Leicester, at Bangor, and then back in London. In 1943 he was made Reader and in 1945 succeeded David Douglas as Professor of Medieval History in the University of Leeds. He remained there until his retirement in 1970. He continued in research and publication until his death on 22 July 1981. His magnum opus was The Norman Empire, published in 1976. Whilst at Leeds he took a great interest in the development of the Brotherton Library's Modern History collections and served on the Library Committee in various capacities from 1946 onwards. He was also involved in local history circles, and was President of the Thoresby Society 1949-55, of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society 1965-9, and of the Leeds Philosophical Society 1966-8. In 1966 he founded the journal Northern History

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Originally in loose-leaf files but received without the files and as sorted by le Patourel

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